The Etruscan Language, Volume 17

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Hardwicke, 1876 - Etruscan language - 24 pages
 

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Page 8 - AVILS to mean crtatis, the epitaph digits would be ordinals, and the final s would be the ordinal suffix, corresponding to th in the English ordinals four-th, fif-th, and six-th. We may therefore take it as beyond dispute that we have really got hold of the first six Etruscan digits, and also of at least ten other numerals lower than one hundred. The philological importance of this result can hardly be exaggerated. Jacob Grimm, the great comparative philologist, has laid down the law that numerals...
Page 18 - AVILS XXXII Here the first three words constitute the name of a woman ; the word SECH, as we have seen, means " daughter "; and the two next words constitute the name of a man. What is the inference ? If we had such an inscription as " Sarah Jane daughter William Johnson age 32," * Schott, Tatar, flprach., pp.
Page 24 - Ugrian, and we may lean' something from him. He declares his belief to be that which, he says, is becoming generally accepted, that before the advent of the Aryans, the whole of Europe was occupied by a race of Tunutvi* aborigines, to whom the Siculians, Pelasgians, Iberians, Ligurian*.
Page 3 - It is agreed on all hands that CLAN must mean " son," or perhaps distinctively "eldest son." The suffix -ISA occurs in innumerable inscriptions. There can be no doubt that it designates married women. Thus HEBINISA would be the
Page 15 - What diseases are denoted by such words as MUVALCHLS, CEALCHLS, and SEMPHALCHLS, he does not inform us. Dr. Corssen, the latest and most distinguished advocate of the Aryan theory, is quite unable to explain these words MEALCHLS, MUVALCHLS, CEALCHLS, ZATiiuuMS, and the rest, as Italic decades. In a sort of heroic despair he has broached the astounding theory that they are the names of peculiarly carved coffin ornaments whose particular nature he cannot explain. The word AVILS, which he admits means...
Page 8 - Turkish 0, ten, while the Finnish and Magyar go wide away ; yet Mr. Taylor reasons as if all the languages which he calls Turanian had the same identical numerals. Now let us tentatively concede that the interpreter has a right to say (p. 8), ' We take it as beyond dispute that we have really got hold of the first six Etruscan digits, and also of at least ten other numerals lower than one hundred.
Page 10 - ten," the form lkl may be taken as a reduplicated form, lk + lk, or 10+10. Now, supplying a vowel, it is plain that in such a word as leklk, the final guttural would be very difficult to pronounce, and would be certain ultimately to disappear, leaving lekl to mean
Page 15 - The Turanian interpretation of the dice marked with words gives the following arrangement : — The correspondence is so close as to clench the argument. I am, I think, justified in asserting that the Etruscan numerals can be explained by means of the Turanian languages. That neither the Aryan nor the Semitic languages will explain them stands confessed. The task has often been attempted. Pott...
Page 24 - Italy, just as in later times the kindred race of the Huns swept over Gaul and Italy ; as the Magyars settled on the Danube plain, already occupied by kindred hordes of Bulgarians, Huns, and Turks; as the Seljuks settled on the Bosphorus, or the Tatars in the Crimea. Such an hypothesis will explain every difficulty. No other hypothesis has been suggested by which the admitted facts can be accounted for. * For proof that cremation was once universal among the Finnic races see Donner, Vergl. Worterb.,...

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